March 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals
March 11, 2017 | Arizona PBS | Phoenix     
Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students to perform and recite selected published poems, while building public speaking skills and learning about their literary heritage. The State Finals will take place at Arizona PBS Studios. Doors will open to the public at 1:30pm with the competition starting at 2:00pm. For those unable to attend in person, the State Finals will be broadcast on Arizona PBS stations .

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Create/Change: AZ   
May 22-24, 2017 | Tempe   
Create/Change: AZ is a 3-day intensive institute for long-term care professionals, board members, artists, and students looking to transform care for elders through creative engagement. Theater artist and Educator, Anne Basting, and the Time Slips team developed this institute, which will take place on ASU's Tempe campus and includes presenters such as Kirsten M. Jacobs, Liz Lerman, and Michael Rohd.

Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Graduate: Tempe if booked by April 24th.

Early registration rates offered through AZ Creative Aging ends March 27, 2017. Student and team registration rates available.

Next50: Creative Spark   
Next50 is Arizona Commission on the Arts' statewide planning initiative designed to empower communities to activate creative assets and co-create ideas to fuel our state's next 50 years. This initiative and its programs focus on listening to your stories, your triumphs, and aspirations; learning about your unique talents and your community's challenges and opportunities; and leveraging--lending your creative and collaborative skills to help Arizonans, and Arizona communities, achieve their most significant goals.

Show us where creativity thrives in your community, and share your creative spark!
Arizona residents are welcome to submit online or by mail. 

Preparing Educators for Arts Integration 
A new book, "Preparing Educators for Arts Integration," edited by Lesley University professors, Gene Diaz and Martha Barry McKenna, was developed through the work of the Arts Education Partnership's Higher Education Working Group. It examines communities of practice, approaches to professional development, and empirically tested models to integrate the arts in K-12 curriculum.

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Arts Education Partnership 2017 State Policy Symposium
March 18, 2017 | Washington, DC
In partnership with Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the symposium will include more than 100 national and state leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, philanthropic, and public sectors for a daylong conversation about the intersection between the arts and education policy.

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Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
July 25-29, 2017 | Bryn Mawr College, PA  
The National Guild for Community Arts Education is holding a seven-month program and five-day seminar to increase leadership effectiveness and understanding through advanced assignments, peer mentoring, and follow-up coaching. Limited financial aid is available.

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AzCASE Staff Training Workshop
April 25, 2017 | Phoenix  
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is hosting a 5-hour intensive workshop called "Train Your Staff Like A Pro," presented by Andrea Beaulieu. This workshop ensures managers that their staff is well-trained and prepared. There is a fee of $45 that includes lunch for the day.

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Theatre in Our Schools Campaign
March 2017 
The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society have partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) to sponsor Theatre in Our Schools, a campaign designed to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students through the month of March.

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Contract Proposals for VSA Programs
Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017  
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contractors to perform 8 VSA Programs. These are initiatives of Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Programs and require submitted contract proposals from eligible and qualified organizations.

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Competitive Grantwriting Workshop for Artists
March 18, 2017 | Raices Taller | Tucson    
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a free 3-hour workshop designed to help artists craft superior grant applications. Whether you're an emerging artist just learning the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to polish your presentation, this workshop covers the fundamentals while offering an insiders perspective on what funders and review panelists are looking for in a grant application. Using the Arts Commission's Artist Research and Development Grant as a model, participants will learn the essential components of a strong application as they play the role of reviewers in a mock grant review panel.

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Out-of-School Time Awards of Excellence
Nominations Open from March 27-April 28   
The Annual Arizona Out-of-School Time Awards of Excellence recognizes innovative out-of-school time programs and staff members for their exemplary work in providing and promoting quality youth development programs for Arizona's children. Winners will receive a monetary award, as well as recognition and professional development opportunities.

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Arizona Arts Congress
March 14, 2017 | Arizona State Capitol Senate Lawn  
Arizona Citizens for the Arts presents Arts Congress--an annual advocacy day that allows local citizens to speak with Arizona legislators about the importance of arts and culture in our state. Workshops and activities will run from 8:30am - 2:00pm, and training materials and talking points for meetings with legislators will be provided.

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Arts Advocacy Day
March 20-21, 2017 | Washington, DC   
Arts advocates from across the country will convene for the annual Arts Advocacy Day, bringing together a broad cross-section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

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Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 4, 2017   
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 4, 2017    
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.  

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Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator
Carly Bates
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator
This monthly online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts provides relevant, current and important information from the local, regional and national Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting. 

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